Relax the entire body
Neuromuscular Massage uses static pressure on specific myofascial (pertaining to a muscle and its sheath of connective tissue) points to relieve pain. The therapist manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to balance the central nervous system. In a healthy individual, nerves transmit impulses (which are responsible for every movement, function and thought) to the body very slowly. Injury, trauma, postural distortion or stress cause nerves to speed up their transmission, inhibiting equilibrium and making the body vulnerable to pain and dysfunction.
Neuromuscular Therapy addresses five elements that cause pain:
1) Ischemia: Lack of blood supply to soft tissues which causes hypersensitivity to touch.
2) Trigger Points: Highly irritated points in muscles which refer pain to other parts of the body.
3) Nerve Compression or Entrapment: Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage or bone.
4) Postural Distortion: Imbalance of the muscular system resulting from the movement of the body off the longitudinal and horizontal planes.
5) Biomechanical Dysfunction: Imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns (i.e., poor lifting habits, bad mechanics in a golf swing of tennis stroke, computer keyboarding).